Dr Shu Yang

Dr Shu Yang, Post-doctoral Reseach Fellow, Macquarie University.

Shu is leader of the neuropathology and cell biology team, part of the large MND gene discovery program at the Centre for MND Research. She received her PhD from the University of Queensland in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and undertook her first postdoc training at the ANZAC Research Institute, University of Sydney in Prof Ian Blair's group. There she was awarded a Bill Gole Fellowship from MND Research Australia to unravel the cell biology of MND. In 2010, she relocated to Macquarie University with Prof Ian Blair's group as a founding member of the centre for MND Research. She established the neuropathology and cell biology program where she investigated the molecular and cellular changes associated with novel and known MND proteins, including TDP-43, C9orf72 and CHCHD10, in patient-derived cells and post-mortem tissues.


Forefront Group:

  • Macquarie University Centre for MND Research Genetics and Genomics Research Group

Affiliate Organisations

Macquarie University

Neurodegeneration of interest:



  • Neuropathology
  • Cell biology
  • MND gene discovery

Specific Skills:

  • Cell biologist
  • Post-mortem tissue analysis
  • Flow cytometry
  • Immunofluorescence imaging


  • Functional validation of aberrant repeat expansion in ATXN2 and other novel MND candidate genes in an Australian MND family;
  • Neuropathological analysis of novel and known MND proteins;
  • Targeting mitochondria as a novel therapeutic strategy for MND.